April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
A valuable resource for more information is the National Parkinson’s Foundation – www.parkinson.org. The foundation offers a tremendous amount of information on their website, educational programs and support groups throughout the United States. To find a support group near you, visit www.parkinson.org/Search-Pages/Chapter-Locator if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease; educate yourself on the many avenues available to help live with Parkinson’s. Talk with others who are also living with Parkinson’s, find active groups and exercises and read as much as possible. Resources and support may help create an atmosphere of understanding and caring. Visit a support group with a friend, your wife or husband or a family member – all who love and care for you will appreciate an understanding of how they may help.
As family caregivers need assistance with their loved one diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, considering finding professional help to assist with daily care will help with maintaining a balance between family, work and care giving. As the second most diagnosed neurological disease, professional caregivers through an accredited agency will have experience and would be the answer to maintaining a balance ensuring that the family caregivers’ health remains strong during what can be a stressful care giving process. No matter how much a family member loves their loved one stricken with Parkinson’s, maintaining the family’s caregiver’s health is just as important.